THR Feature Request


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F-111 John
April 13, 2013, 07:32 PM
In most forums and most web pages, a link shows up in blue type, when the rest of the text is in black.

Here in THR, links are the same color, or nearly so, as normal text, making it difficult to know that there is a hyperlink embedded in the text unless you "scan" the text with your cursor and see it change to the "pointing finger."

Here (http://www.thehighroad.org/) is an example of what I mean. (The word "here" is a clickable link.)

Is there a setting to make hyperlinks a different color text, or underlined text? For example: Here (http://www.thehighroad.org/) is another example of what I'd like to see.

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Rail Driver
April 13, 2013, 07:43 PM
Fairly simple change I would think. I concur.

Walkalong
April 13, 2013, 08:07 PM
Links are underlined, but yes, they are missed by some posters sometimes, due no doubt to what you posted, they are still black, like most text in most posts. You can choose to color the link (http://www.thehighroad.org/) yourself, but automatic might be nice.

Derek Zeanah
April 13, 2013, 08:38 PM
Yeah, it's a change to the CSS file that will make that happen.

I don't have a problem with it, personally. But I'm somewhat color challenged, so I'll lend my vote to Justin, who's much better with all this color theory stuff than I am.

F-111 John
April 13, 2013, 08:49 PM
Links are underlined, but yes, they are missed by some posters sometimes, due no doubt to what you posted, they are still black, like most text in most posts. You can choose to color the link yourself, but automatic might be nice.

In my browser, links are not underlined, and I do color my own links when I put them in posts (As I did in the original post,) but almost nobody else does in their posts.

I thought perhaps the automatic coloring of a hyperlink was a setting at the administrator level of the forum software, since it isn't an option at the user level.

Mal H
April 13, 2013, 08:51 PM
Hadn't really noticed that before - and now fixed. It added quite a bit of color where links weren't obvious before. We can tweak the blue intensity if necessary.

[Derek - I voted for all of us. ;) F111 John is right, most forums highlight links in a different color from normal text.]

Walkalong
April 13, 2013, 08:55 PM
OMG that's a lot of blue! Too much? The home page is vibrant!

Elkins45
April 13, 2013, 08:59 PM
OMG that's a lot of blue! Too much? The home page is vibrant!
It made every internal hyperlink blue, not just external ones. Don't think that was the intended effect.

smalls
April 13, 2013, 09:01 PM
Yeah, that's a lot of blue!

I thought I hit something I didn't mean to click till I wondered into here!

Mal H
April 13, 2013, 09:04 PM
There's no difference between an internal link and an external link as far as the vBulletin style is concerned.

I toned down the blue quite a bit - better?

beatledog7
April 13, 2013, 09:05 PM
Any way to do it with just the links inside threads?

clutch
April 13, 2013, 09:10 PM
I like the old way but I'll get used to it if this is the only way to do what the op requested.

Mal H
April 13, 2013, 09:13 PM
I put it back - that was just too much blue. :)

WardenWolf
April 15, 2013, 02:08 PM
I was wondering about that. It was obnoxious as hell and I was wondering if my browser was glitched. Some forum software allows you to configure different themes or skins for the people to choose from. I find it's good to offer a couple of different options.

If you go the theme / skin route, you might consider a light text on dark background option. That seems to be a common preference.

F-111 John
April 17, 2013, 06:55 AM
I didn't get to see how obnoxious the blue looked, but other forums I'm subscribed to such as Glocktalk (http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/) and RCGroups (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/index.php) that use vBulletin, RugerForum (http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB3/index.php) that uses phbBB, and The Dan Wesson Forum (http://www.danwessonforum.com/forum) that uses WordPress all have their links in blue. Forum topics, user names, and links buried within a posting are all blue. (I colored the forum names so you can tell that they link to their respective forums so you can have a look-see.)

So I suspect The High Road would have looked "normal" to me. Thought I'd try, but change is hard sometimes.

Thanks for the replies.

9mmepiphany
April 17, 2013, 03:38 PM
Now, I'm glad I didn't see it...that blue would just be distracting.

Odd that your browser doesn't show the links as underlined

Mal H
April 17, 2013, 04:46 PM
I missed the no-underline part. That is usually a browser option only. Which browser are you using?

In Firefox, for example, the option is set in Tools->Options->Content->Color.

Walkalong
April 17, 2013, 05:18 PM
I don't have a problem with it as it is. I don't care for any highlighted text. I find all of that sort of thing annoying.

F-111 John
April 18, 2013, 06:31 AM
I'm using IE 9, and there is an option to turn on undelining of hyperlinks, but since 99.9% of websites color hyperlinks (THR being the only exception I know of,) I find it annoying to have both underlined and colored links in websites. I tried it, and that a lot of underlines! (There is no option in IE to turn off colored links, that is part of the page's font color.)

As I said, I'm only a guest here and change is hard, but at least I now understand why I often miss links in posts. I'll continue to color my own links and search for the rest. After the experimentation, on my browser links are a slightly lighter shade of gray than the rest of the text, so that helps a bit.

Thanks for the responses, and I suppose this thread can be locked now.

John

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